Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
June 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental problems not only make eating painful or uncomfortable but may also affect the way your teeth look. Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. dental proceduresWayne and Brett Walcott, offer dental services that will improve your smile and may be covered by Delta Dental or other insurers.

Bonding

Whether your tooth is chipped, discolored or strangely shaped, bonding can improve your appearance. Composite resin, a flexible material that quickly hardens when exposed to a curing light, is used to bond teeth. It's also used to lengthen teeth and fill small gaps between them. Composite resin is tinted to ensure that your new dental work blends in with the color of your teeth.

Crowns

Crowns are an excellent option if one of your teeth is damaged or in danger of breaking. Crowns, also called caps, fit over the top of teeth once they've been reduced in size slightly. Whether your tooth has become weak due to aging, a root canal or a large filling, a crown offers a simple way to strengthen and support it. If your tooth has broken, adding a crown will restore its appearance and function. Crowns are also used to cover imperfections and lengthen short teeth.

Invisalign or Clear Correct

Invisalign or Clear Correct straightens teeth using a series of clear aligner trays specially designed for you in our Ann Arbor office. This alternative to metal braces offers the same results with none of the pain or inconvenience. The trays are very unobtrusive and are removed when you eat. Swapping aligners for a new set every two weeks gradually shifts the teeth, moving them into the correct position.

Sealants

Sealants protect molars and pre-molars from tooth decay. The clear coatings cover tiny pits in the surface of teeth that collect plaque. Sealants fill in the pits and help reduce your cavity risk. They're typically used when your child's pre-molars and molars first erupt and may last up to 10 years.

Root canal therapy

An inflammation or infection in your tooth's pulp will lead to tooth loss if you don't have a root canal. The procedure removes the pulp, preserving your tooth. A local anesthetic is used to ensure that the procedure is pain-free.

Protect your smile with one of these dental services. If you're not sure if Delta Dental or another insurer covers a particular service, call Ann Arbor dentists, Drs. Wayne or Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
January 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

According to the findings of a national survey conducted by the Health Policy Institute (HPI) for the American Dental Association, the dental crowns and bridgesmain reasons many Americans give for putting off or skipping a trip to the dentist are for concerns over affordability, and how much time might be required for appointments and follow-up treatment.

In addition to the potentially serious implications to oral health, skipping dental treatment also means that many people are unnecessarily living with fixable cosmetic imperfections like stains, discolorations, chips, cracks and even missing teeth. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI recommend crowns and bridgework to help restore missing and damaged teeth.

Smile Enhancement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI

A dental crown, which is literally a "cap" designed to resemble the color, texture and function of a natural tooth, is placed over a tooth that has become significantly worn down through decay. Crowns are also used to restore teeth broken or severely chipped in an accident or through a sports injury. For missing teeth, the restoration is attached to two crowns on either side to secure the restoration in place, creating a "bridge." Crowns are also used to strengthen teeth that have become severely weakened and damaged through infection and tooth decay.

Covering the remaining healthy portion of a vulnerable tooth with a crown can prevent an extraction and help to preserve the tooth's root and as a result preserve the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, all of which are essential factors in good oral health. Crowns and bridgework can generally be completed in two office visits, depending on the circumstances of each case. Once in place, crowns look and feel just like natural teeth, giving new life to an otherwise damaged or incomplete smile. They can also improve nutrition and general health in situations where missing teeth have made it difficult to eat.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Ann Arbor, MI

Dental crowns and bridges are among the most affordable and effective treatments available for a wide range of cosmetic and general dentistry problems. For more information on the dental restoration treatment that is best for you, contact Walcott Dental by calling (734) 994-3700 to schedule an appointment today.